K.C. Choi

Ki Joo “KC” Choi is the Kyung-Chik Han Chair Professor of Asian American Theology.  He previously served as chair of the Department of Religion at Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey, and as coordinator for the second-year university core program Christianity and Culture in Dialogue and the newly formed medical humanities minor there. His teaching and research areas encompass Protestant and Catholic (ecumenical) moral theology, theological aesthetics, peace studies, race and identity, and Asian American theology. Choi is the author of Disciplined by Race: Theological Ethics and the Problem of Asian American Identity, the first sustained account of the racialized contours of Asian American life by a theologian, published in 2019. He currently is finishing a book, tentatively titled Aesthetics and Theological Ethics Reexamined: Deliberation, Community, and Discord, that brings to bear an Edwardsean account of the affections on questions of art and moral change. He also was recently appointed co-editor of the Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics.  A native of Queens, New York, he belongs to the Korean Holiness Church, one of the largest denominations within the Wesleyan tradition. 

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Justice or Repentance? The Church and Nonviolence Reimagined
How should the church respond to authoritarianism and political violence? Turning to a theological debate on the Sino-Japanese war (1937-1945) as a case study, we will reimagine what it means for the church to be held accountable to and live out the nonviolence of the Gospel in an age of competing empires.